Shaw (Watha T. Daniel)
Neighborhood Library

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Haiku Contest Winners!

Congratulations to the winners of our Haiku Contest! There were lots of wonderful entries and it was hard to choose, but we were able to decide on three great haiku. Read the winning entries here: Adult - Katrina Moore yearning the day  the soft smiles, visible,  safe without their masks Teen - Comfort Nkop Books are like my home. They open doors to a world. It seems like a dream. Child - Marciane Guilmard Capital I live 

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DC Public Library Haiku Contest 2021

Do you HAIKU? Celebrate National Poetry Month this April by participating in our Haiku Contest! Click here to sign up. En abril,  celebre el Mes Nacional de la Poesía participando en nuestro concurso de Creación de Haiku. Haga click aquí para entrar. 

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Off the Beaten Path

"Nomadland" and similar Nonfiction

These unique nonfiction titles -- and the individuals behind them -- reflect a pattern that has been growing across the United States over the past decade, as seen also on YouTube videos of #vancamping, #vandwelling, and other related trending taglines. Largely memoirs, these titles capture experiences of living out of backpacks, hitchhiking across the U.S., and creating a life that takes place primarily off the beaten path. The books below are popular titles and a couple have even been adapted into films.

Disability Visibility

Invisible Illness

Non-Fiction and Fiction focused on disability and mental illness

The books below cover the subject of disability and mental illness. There is a mixture of non-fiction and fiction in the list, and it attempts to give a wide range of perspectives on topics that are often misunderstood and underrepresented in mainstream media and politics. Here, those readers looking for materials that reflect a mental disorder can find representation via these recommended titles.

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Happy Halloween!

Trick or treat? We may not be celebrating Halloween in person together this year, but that won't stop our Halloween fun! Come by Shaw Library on Friday, Oct. 30, show off your costume and pick up a bag of spooky goodies. Crafts, treats and more await for kids of all ages (while supplies last).

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African American Poetry for Children

The triumphs and tragedies of the African American experience are discussed in these illustrated poetry collections. Studies show that reading and writing poetry helps children develop vocabulary, phonetic awareness and an ability to talk constructively about their feelings. Please see the Library's Black Studies database collection to find additional information about African American history.

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Growing Your Child

Child development & child psychology

Conventional wisdom abounds when it comes to the topic of child-rearing. However, a well-considered and well-researched scientific inquiry is just as helpful. The books on this list look at child development through the lenses of neurology, developmental psychology, and cognitive science. Take the guilt out of the guesswork and let science work its magic.

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Retelling Shakespeare

Shakespeare Retold To mark the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death, Hogarth Press commissioned several acclaimed and popular contemporary authors to write novels retelling a Shakespeare play of their choice. Shakespeare fans will easily recognize the characters, plots and familiar themes of jealousy, ambition, revenge and the destructive and redemptive power of love.

Free Summer Meals for Kids and Teens

Meals Served July 1 -- Aug. 9

DC Public Library is participating in the 2019 Free Summer Meals Program.   Kids and teens eat free lunch on weekdays from July 1 -  August 9. No registration is required.   Lunch will be provided Monday – Friday from 1 - 2:30 p.m. at the following library locations:

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Barnett Aden Gallery 75th Anniversary: A Conversation with David C. Driskell

October marked the 75th anniversary of the historic Barnett Aden Gallery. Founded by Alonzo Aden and James V. Herring of Howard University and located at 127 Randolph Place NW, it was the first privately-owned black gallery in the United States. The gallery featured the works of artists such as Alma Thomas, Elizabeth Catlett, Lois Mailou Jones and Aaron Douglas. 

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